Recipe: Beef and Black Bean Chili - Public Goods Blog

Recipe: Beef and Black Bean Chili

One of my family’s favorite comfort foods is a warm bowl of chili.

pot of beef and black bean chili next to a can of public goods black beans
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While we’re constantly experimenting with the meat and spices to achieve the most satisfying and heartwarming chili (and clean out the fridge), we’re all particular to a thick, hearty black bean chili. Making and enjoying a warm bowl of black bean chili on a cold night just feels like home.

I hope you enjoy our recipe and are able to adopt it into your own family!

Beef Black Bean Chili

Serves Size: 4 people



1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Dice one onion and mince 3 to 4 cloves of garlic (based on preference). Chop and add the onion, garlic and peppers to the pot and cook until soft.

garlic, onions and peppers in a pot

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place 1 pound of ground beef into the skillet and cook until the meat is browned but not firm.

stirring beef with a slotted spoon

3. Add the ground beef and one can of black beans to the pot.

beef in a pot with garlic, onions and peppers

4. Dice 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes.

cutting tomatoes next to a can of public goods peeled tomatoes
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5. Add diced tomatoes and ½ can of corn to the pot.

corn and tomatoes in a pot with beef, onions, garlic and peppers

6. Add 2 tablespoons for masa to thicken the mixture.

masa added into pot with chili

7. Add the juice of ½ of a lime (or 1 small lime) to the pot.

squeezing lime into pot of black bean chili

8. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 25-30 mins.

pot on a stove

9. After 25 minutes, check the mixture. Add water accordingly if the chili appears too thick.

pot of chili on the stove

10. Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoon of cumin, 2 teaspoons of chipotle chili powder, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon of paprika to the mixture.

adding spices to pot of chili

11. Salt and pepper the chili, to taste.

adding salt and pepper to chili

12. Turn the heat very low. Let the flavors sit for approximately an hour and a half.

stirring chili on the stove

13. Take the chili off the heat after an hour and a half. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

pot of chili off the stove

14. Serve chili with tortilla chips and enjoy!

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